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Alligator Snapping Turtle by laura-worldwide Alligator Snapping Turtle by laura-worldwide
Taken: March 24th, 2008 in Monroe at the Reptile Zoo.

The Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) is the largest freshwater turtle in the world. It is a larger and slightly less aggressive relative of the Common Snapping Turtle.

Description
The alligator snapping turtle is characterized by a large, heavy head and a long, thick tail with three dorsal ridges of large scales (osteoderms) giving it a primitive appearance reminiscent of some of the plated dinosaurs. They can be immediately distinguished from the common snapper by the three distinct rows of spikes and raised plates on the carapace, whereas the common snapper has a smoother carapace. They are a solid gray, brown, black, or olive-green in color, and often covered with algae. They have radiating yellow patterns around the eyes, serving to break up the outline of the eye and keep the turtle camouflaged. Their eyes are also surrounded by a star-shaped arrangement of fleshy filamentous "eyelashes."

There is an unverified report of a 403-pound alligator snapping turtle found in the Neosho River in Kansas in 1937,[2] but the largest one actually on record is 236 lb, and housed at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. They generally do not grow quite that large. Average adult size is around 26 inches shell length with a weight of 175 lb. Males are typically larger than females
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sosickofdrawing Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
What a cutie. I absolutely love Alligator Snapping Turtles. I never knew they got so big! :clap:
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kolorful-klutz Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
:eyepopping: WOAH. JUST WOAH.
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kolorful-klutz Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
:eyepopping: WOAH. JUST WOAH.
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:iconkolorful-klutz:
kolorful-klutz Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
:eyepopping: WOAH. JUST WOAH.
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chuginkoolaid13ROCKZ Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this thing is really badass!
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Goldleo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool capture! That's a really tough shot!
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:iconboydrifter2006:
boydrifter2006 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
Cute yes. But also dangerous with that beak !
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Photographer
Sure bloody is!

Laura
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azzurro360 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
i love turtles :love: but this one's scary :P
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Photographer
I agree.

Happy Easter!
Laura
xoxo

P.S. - Sorry for the late reply, college is crazy right now!
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dark-princess-x Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
pretty cool
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Photographer
Thanks love.

Happy Easter!
Laura
xoxo

P.S. - Sorry for the late reply, college is crazy right now!
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dark-princess-x Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Happy easter 2;
&nd I don't mind 'bout the late reply,
kind of you, you reply anyway...

xx
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LadyLiena Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009   General Artist
big-guy!!! i love how you put the info on the animals with the picture.that's nice.
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Photographer
I'm glad you like it.

Laura
xoxo
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LadyLiena Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009   General Artist
yeah!
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bluefam Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
so cute.
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Student Photographer
thank you.

Have a great weekend!
Laura
xoxo

P.S. - Sorry for the late reply, college is crazy right now!
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Maby8 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Awesome.
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Student Photographer
thank you love.

Have a great weekend!
Laura
xoxo

P.S. - Sorry for the late reply, college is crazy right now!
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Maby8 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Please do not apologize. You owe me nothing. I am merely and simply thankful for the reply. Enjoy your weekend.
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JIMCAREYPHOTOGRAPHY Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Photographer
we have a common snapper up my way, anout 100 years old, that is as big as that first turtle you mentioned
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Student Photographer
Hmmmm... what is the first turtle I mentioned, nothing is coming to mind.

Thanks for clarifying dear,
Laura
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JIMCAREYPHOTOGRAPHY Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Professional Photographer
the common, more aggressive, snapping turtle
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Student Photographer
Oh, got it. Thanks for clarfying that.

Laura
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Slave-To-The-System Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
This is a really awesome shot. Good job. =)
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Student Photographer
Thanks love, I really appreciate the support. It's as simple as that.

Have a great 2009!
Laura
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Slave-To-The-System Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
Haha, you're welcome. Everyone needs support. =)

And you, too! Have a nice new year. =)
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jayshree Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
that is one scary looking dude or dudette. lol
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Student Photographer
It was trying to bite me through the glass. Mean thing.

Have a happy 2009!
Laura
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jayshree Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, well as far as I've seen, they don't have the most "pleasant" personalities. lol
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Student Photographer
No they sure don't.

Laura
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:icononin67:
onin67 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Professional Photographer
wow this pic ir really amazing :P
great shot !
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Student Photographer
thank you, so how has your day been so far?

laura
xoxo
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onin67 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Professional Photographer
Hey Laura ! :D nice to see u here :D
well my day was good... i went to the office, and now i'm in my house ;)
how was ur day?
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Student Photographer
Went to Tokyo's japanese steak house with my mother out to lunch. Then we were going to see a moive, but we missed it! So we went shopping instead.

Then came home and now its SNOWING in the springtime!!!! Really, really hard!

But really pretty.

Laura
xoxo
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onin67 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Professional Photographer
ohhh that sounds pretty good ! :D
here we no have snow, hehehe we must travel like 3 hours from Lima to see snow !
so... was a great day too :D that's good
what r u doing now?
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Student Photographer
just sitting in my room and surfing the internet on my laptop and eating an orange!

You?

laura
xoxo
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:icononin67:
onin67 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Professional Photographer
well... :blushes: i'm thinking about you :blushes: and surfing the net too... and in a few minutes go for my dinner :P
:hug:
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:iconlaura-worldwide:
laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Student Photographer
what time is it over there?

dinner already?

its 7p.m. wednesday here?

laura
xoxo

And I hoping when I got on here I'd have a message from you waiting for me!
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